Monday, April 23, 2012

Everday Prayers

Norman Rockwell painting "Giving Thanks"
These are prayers for every day of the week, to be used as Grace before meals.

God our Creator, we thank You for this Sunday.  We thank You for our Church, for our home and for the chance to rest today. We thank You for this meal. As we share it, help us to recognize the presence of Jesus with us, and fill us with the joy of the Holy Spirit.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

We thank You, Lord our God, for this new week which we have begun today. We thank You for our schools and for our work, and for all our friends there. Bless this food we share and give us the strength to be patient and kind with one another. Amen.

Dear God, Your Love is like a mother’s gentle hands, and Your care is like a father’s watchful presence. We thank You for always being there for us, and for giving us the gift of each other as a family. During this meal help us to listen to one another and to appreciate each other’s unique gifts. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Generous God, we give You thanks for this food, and for all the good things You have given us. Help us to remember those who are hungry tonight. Teach us how we can help all those who are in need. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessed are you, Lord our God. You made the land and the sea, the sun and the rain. You brought forth  this food from nature’s bounty to our table. We thank You for the farmers who grew it, and for many people who brought it from the fields to the factories and supermarkets. And we thank You for (name) who cooked it for us. Amen.

Loving God, as we come to the end of another week of work and school, we thank You for Your friendship and ask Your forgiveness for our failings. Help us to be more like Jesus who showed us His love on the Cross. And make us grateful for all your gifts and for this meal. Amen.

Lord Jesus, You are with us always in our chores and in our play, in what we do together and when we are apart. Help us to grow in love as a family and to be a sign of Your presence to our friends and neighbors. Thank You for this food, for this day, and for this past week. Amen.

Since I will be visiting my family in Malta, I may or may not be able to update the daily posts over the next few weeks, but if I can, I will try to share with you whatever I can.

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